ESC+Plus has talked to Daniel Testa, who is taking part at the Maltese national selection for Eurovision 2016, MESC. He will perform the song “Under The Sun”, composed by himself, Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca (MUXU), at the semi-final set on January 22.
ESC+Plus: Hello! First of all, thank you so much for your time and congratulations on having been selected to take part in the Maltese national selection for Eurovision 2016!
E+: Can you tell us about you, your musical career and important achievements?
I am a 19-year-old Medical student. Represented Malta in Junior Eurovision back in 2008 with Junior Swing and placed 4th in Cyprus. Drive Time presenter on Malta’s number one station, 89.7 Bay. This is my 3rd year in Eurovision, managed to obtain 3rd place in 2014 with One Last Ride.
E+: What impelled you to take part in “Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016”?
This might be a bit tricky to explain however with Eurovision once you start you can’t go back.
E+: How did you feel when you knew you had qualified for the semi-final? Did you expect it?
The feeling is always great, I believed in the song a lot.
E+: What it would mean for you to represent Malta? Can you tell us about your song?
It would be an honour to represent Malta again, this time in Eurovision rather than Junior Eurovision. “Under The Sun” is about life in general and all that goes with it, we have all encountered problems in the past and overcome them so if someone is going through a problem at the moment it will eventually all be over as we are all the same ‘Under The Sun’ . Matt Muxu wrote the lyrics and Elton and I wrote and produced the song together.
E+: Why do you think your song has to be selected for Stockholm? What are your strengths to reach the top in the competition?
In my opinion, Under The sun, especially with the new revamped version coming soon is very current and what people like to listen to on the radio and sing along.
E+: How are you preparing your performance for “MESC 2016”? Can you reveal us anything about the staging?
Rehearsals are well under way, everything is looking great! I will be having 4 dancers with me on stage.
E+: Do you usually watch Eurovision? What are your favourite songs in the history of the competition?
Yes I always watch both the Junior and adult Eurovisions, my all time favourite would be Loreen – Euphoria.
E+: If you could choose a Eurovision former participant to sing along with, who would it be?
Local – Gianluca Bezzina. Foreign – Simon Matthew (Denmark ESC 2008 ALL NIGHT LONG)
E+: Besides Eurovision, what are your plans for this year?
To continue my career as a medical student and radio DJ!
E+: Finally, can you send a message for our readers and Eurovision fans?
Hello! I hope you enjoy my song and performance on stage and understand the message that I try to show with Under The Sun.
E+: Thanks for your time and good luck!